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  • Phils scheduling hernia surgery for Burnett
    The Phillies are in the process of scheduling hernia surgery for A.J. Burnett.

    Advice: Burnett pitched through the injury for most of the season while posting a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old has a $12.75 million player option for 2015, but he's still undecided about continuing his career.
    33 minutes ago
  • Peavy on roster for Wild Card Game vs. Bucs
    Jake Peavy is on the Giants' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Tim Lincecum is also on the roster. Peavy won't be used if all goes as planned for the Giants, but they want him around for insurance for Madison Bumgarner. The Giants are also going with three catchers, which will enable them to use Andrew Susac's bat off the bench.
    Today, 10:12 am
  • MRI shows Cliff Lee's elbow healing well
    Cliff Lee (elbow) underwent an MRI last Friday which showed that his left flexor tendon is healing well.

    Advice: Lee was shut down in late-July due to the recurrence of a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow. The veteran southpaw was treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and will not require surgery. He'll begin a throwing program in November and the hope is that he'll be ready for spring training, but he remains a question mark going into 2015.
    Today, 9:26 am
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Pirates release roster for Wild Card Game
    Vance Worley is on the Pirates' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

    Advice: Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole are not on the roster, so Worley and Jeff Locke will serve as Edinson Volquez insurance out of the bullpen. With Russell Martin nursing a hamstring injury, the Pirates will carry three catchers, will Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez also on the roster. The Pirates will reset if they make it through to the NLDS.
    Today, 8:51 am
  • Mariners' Taijuan Walker will pitch in AFL
    Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • James Shields up-and-down in KC win
    James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Sean Doolittle blows save for A's
    Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Jon Lester falters late in loss to Royals
    Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • 'Quite likely' Kershaw starts NLDS Game 4
    Mark Saxon of reports that it "appears quite likely" the Dodgers would start Clayton Kershaw on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4.

    Advice: Manager Don Mattingly side-stepped the question Tuesday, saying "we wouldn't even think about it until we see what would happen in Game 1 or what kind of situation we'll be in." However, Mattingly used Kershaw on short rest in last year's NLDS and the left-hander pitched well. Also, Kershaw threw a simulated game Sunday, four days after his final regular season start, a move Saxon thinks is "seemingly intended to get his body used to short rest." Using Kershaw in Game 4 would mean he and Zack Greinke would start four times if the NLDS went five games. The club is hoping Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is ready for Game 3. If Ryu is ready and Kershaw goes on short rest, Dan Haren would be ticketed for long relief.
    Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Shoemaker fully expecting to pitch in ALDS
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said Tuesday that he has "no doubt at all" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

    Advice: Shoemaker threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon, taking breaks to simulate a multi-inning outing. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 15 due to an oblique strain, but he seems likely to be the Angels' Game 3 starter against the winner of Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Buchholz undergoes surgery for right knee
    Clay Buchholz underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

    Advice: It wasn't a major procedure and Buchholz is expected to have a fairly normal offseason. He'll be looking to bounce back in 2015 after posting a rough 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings this year. Buchholz registered a 1.74 ERA across 108 1/3 innings in 2013.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw simulated game Wed.
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw around 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ryu felt fine after his first full-effort bullpen session on Sunday and is ready to take the next step in his recovery from left shoulder irritation. The hope is that he'll be able to pitch at some point during the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals. He has been on the shelf since September 13.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) to throw bullpen Tuesday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll take breaks to simulate multiple innings. Shoemaker hasn't pitched since September 16 with an oblique strain, but appears likely to start Game 3 of the ALDS.
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Neil Ramirez to remain in bullpen for Cubs
    Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that Neil Ramirez will remain in the bullpen.

    Advice: Justin Grimm will also continue to pitch as a reliever. Many have speculated that Ramirez could be an effective starter in the majors, but the 25-year-old had a 1.44 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings this season and the Cubs would prefer to keep him as a late-inning arm.
    Yesterday, 10:29 am
  • Scherzer to start Game 1 of ALDS vs. O's
    Max Scherzer will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer, who went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA during the regular season, will be opposed by Chris Tillman. Justin Verlander will start Game 2 for the Tigers while David Price will go in Game 3. Rick Porcello would start a potential Game 4.
    Yesterday, 9:50 am
  • Duffy on Royals' roster for Wild Card game
    Danny Duffy is on the Royals' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Jeremy Guthrie and Yordano Ventura will also be available in long relief. Duffy and rookie Brandon Finnegan are the only lefties in the Royals' bullpen. Of course, they can reset their roster if they beat the A's and advance to the ALDS.
    Yesterday, 8:47 am
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Shoemaker (oblique) plays catch without issue
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Monday without issue and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: The hope is that Shoemaker will be ready to start for the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on October 5. He's been out since September 16 with an oblique strain. Anaheim will go with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the first two games of the Division Series.
    Monday, 12:24 pm
  • Buchholz to undergo knee surgery Tuesday
    Clay Buchholz is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

    Advice: Buchholz should be fully recovered from the procedure by the start of spring training next February and will look to bounce back after a dismal 2014 that saw him register a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 170 1/3 innings. The knee bothered him for much of the year. He's due a $12 million salary in 2015.
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • James Shields to start for Royals in WC Game
    Royals manager Ned Yost officially announced Sunday that James Shields would start for the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Athletics.

    Advice: "Big Game James" had been tabbed to work a potential Game 163 had the Royals and Tigers tied for the Central Division crown. Now instead he'll go on Tuesday on regular rest. He has actually been significantly better on the road this season, with a 4-6 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings in 15 starts at Kauffmann Stadium this season. The game will be played in KC.
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • Jon Lester to start for A's in Wild Card Game
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that Jon Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals in Kansas City.

    Advice: The news doesn't come as a tremendous surprise, given his terrific track record in the postseason. Since joining the A's, the veteran southpaw has compiled a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll square off against James Shields to see who gets the right to take on the Angels in the Division Series.
    Sunday, 6:12 pm
  • Clay Buchholz gives up four runs in loss
    Clay Buchholz lost to the Yankees after allowing four runs in six innings on Sunday.

    Advice: All four runs scored in a third, an inning that started with a walk to Francisco Cervelli and included four hits, including the last of Derek Jeter's career. Buchholz allowed just one hit over the rest of his outing. He generally looked pretty good in the second half of the season, but he still had enough bad outings mixed in to finish with a 5.34 ERA overall. The Red Sox still have to be feeling much better about him now than they did three months ago.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) throws off mound Sunday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said after completing a bullpen session Sunday that he remains "very confident" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

    Advice: Shoemaker threw 30-40 pitches at near full intensity. While he admitted to having a little bit of tightness, he thinks it's something he'll be able to pitch through. The right-hander has been out since September 16 with a left oblique strain, but it's looking like he could be ready to start by October 5 in ALDS Game 3. The Halos have Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson set up for the first two games.
    Sunday, 11:59 am
  • Ryu (shoulder) throw pain-free 'pen session
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) said he felt fine during a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first full-effort 'pen session since being sidelined earlier this month with left shoulder irritation. The Dodgers haven't announced any future plans for Ryu, but he's trending towards being available for the NLDS.
    Sunday, 11:34 am
  • Duffy shelled, Royals can't take advantage
    Danny Duffy was lit up for four earned runs in two innings Saturday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Maybe that shoulder is still bothering him? Kansas City had a chance to move even with the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings with a victory, but Duffy was a letdown out of the gate Saturday in Chicago and the Royals' offense couldn't mount a sufficient comeback. Duffy will finish the 2014 regular season with a 9-12 record, 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 113/53 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 8:21 pm
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Burnett allows four runs in loss to Braves
    A.J. Burnett surrendered four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both homered against him. Burnett will finish the 2014 season with an 8-18 record, 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old is considering retirement. He'll have surgery next week for a hernia that bothered him for much of 2014.
    Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Peavy goes five strong as Giants beat Padres
    Jake Peavy fired five innings of one-run ball in the Giants' 3-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Peavy has been battling an illness, so the Giants opted to lift him early. He allowed just four hits and struck out three, continuing his extended run of dominance. The right-hander could be the NLDS Game 1 starter for the Giants if they're able to advance past the Wild Card round.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker extended long toss Saturday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) extended his long toss work on Saturday.

    Advice: Shoemaker has been sidelined since September 16 with a left oblique strain. Along with the extended long toss, he did some simulated throwing work from a mound on Saturday. There is a good chance that he may be able to pitch for the Angels in the postseason.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu to throw bullpen session Sunday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw a full-effort bullpen session on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Ryu made it through a 20-25 pitch mound workout on Friday with no issues. He has been sidelined since September 13 with lingering shoulder irritation but should become available at some point during the playoffs.
    Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Vance Worley pitches Pirates past the Reds
    Vance Worley picked up a no-decision despite allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings as the Pirates defeated the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Worley's effort helped the Pirates remain in the thick of things for the NL Central title, moving temporarily to a half-game behind the Cardinals. The right-hander scattered nine hits, issued no walks, and struck out four. Worley ends the regular season at 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 79/22 K/BB ratio. He could be the fourth starter for the Pirates should they make it into the NLDS.
    Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker plays catch again on Friday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch for the fifth consecutive day on Friday and remains optimistic of returning shortly.

    Advice: This time he was able to long toss from a distance of 150 feet. While it doesn't appear that he will make it back before the end of the regular season, the Halos appear to have an opening for the third game of the postseason after Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson that Shoemaker would love to occupy. Provided that he continues to progress, that looks like a strong possibility.
    Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Ryu throws successful bullpen session Friday
    Hyun-Jun Ryu (shoulder) threw 20-25 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: While he won't return before the end of the regular season, this is a very encouraging sign for the Dodgers as they head into the postseason. More should be known on his status on Saturday after seeing how he responds after this session.
    Friday, 4:33 pm
  • Shields takes a no-decision against White Sox
    James Shields yielded three runs over six innings en route to a no-decision as the Royals picked up a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of the three runs scored on Josh Phegley's two-run home run in the second inning. Overall, Shields relented five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in his final start of the regular season. He's done well for the Royals in 2014, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 180/44 K/BB ratio. In the likely event the Royals clinch the second Wild Card, Shields will oppose Jon Lester of the Athletics to kick off the American League side of post-season play.
    Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Scherzer snags 18th win as Tigers top Twins
    Max Scherzer won his 18th game in his final start of the regular season, allowing two runs over six innings as the Tigers defeated the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer walked four, allowed five hits, and struck out nine. He ends the 2014 regular season with slightly worse numbers than he posted last season, when he won the AL Cy Young Award, but it's still a strong season nonetheless. Scherzer heads into the post-season at 18-5 with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 252/63 K/BB ratio.
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Kershaw Ks 11, gets win 21; LAD wins NL West
    Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings of one-run ball to lead the Dodgers past the Giants 9-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the win, the Dodgers clinched the NL West and Kershaw put an exclamation mark on a Cy Young season. Kershaw scattered eight hits and didn't walk a batter in tying his career high with 21 wins. Kershaw finishes the regular season 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239/31 K/BB rate across 198 1/3 innings. He'll soon be awarded his third Cy Young. The more interesting debate will take place in the consciousness of NL MVP voters.
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Walker goes the distance, but falls to Jays
    Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
    Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw off mound soon
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw off a mound in the next few days.

    Advice: Ryu won't pitch again during the regular season, but this development is a good sign for his postseason availability. Ryu has been dealing with shoulder inflammation. The left-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 12.
    Wednesday, 4:31 pm
  • Lester gives up five runs in final '14 start
    Jon Lester allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Lester gave up his share of timely hits, but the Athletics committing two errors behind him didn't help the cause, either. He helped his own cause by striking out seven without walking a batter in the loss. Lester's regular season ends with a 16-11 record, 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings between the Red Sox and A's. The lefty will be the Athletics' ace in the postseason before hitting the free agent market this winter.
    Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Ryu not expected back in regular season
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to appear in a game before the end of the regular season but remains hopeful of being ready for the playoffs.

    Advice: Ryu began his throwing program on Saturday but has yet to resume throwing off a mound. The third game of the NLDS isn't until October 6, so the left-hander still has time to get ready if he can progress without any setbacks.
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Peavy holds the Dodgers to 2 runs in 7 frames
    Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

    Advice: Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
    Monday, 11:35 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes six scoreless in win
    Danny Duffy impressed Monday in his return from shoulder inflammation, throwing six scoreless innings in the Royals' 2-0 defeat of the Indians.

    Advice: It ended up being a great day for the Royals, even though they were hung with a loss (in the suspended game). Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland finished up the shutout tonight as the Royals gained ground on Detroit and put the Mariners farther in their rear view. Duffy allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five while throwing 96 pitches, which was pretty much the best-case scenario for him. He should get one more start this weekend.
    Monday, 7:36 pm
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Shoemaker not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

    Advice: The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
    Monday, 5:26 pm
  • Doolittle strikes out four over two innings
    Sean Doolittle worked two perfect innings Sunday, striking out four in an extra-innings win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The A's, desperate to get a win any way they could, used Doolittle in the ninth and 10th in hopes of keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard. Doolittle obliged, retiring all six batters he faced. He then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning. Doolittle has a dominant 2.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 87/7 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings this season.
    Sep 21, 6:47 pm
  • Burnett yields six runs over 4 1/3 versus A's
    A.J. Burnett was wild Sunday, walking six while allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Burnett gave up just three hits, but the six free passes -- including one with the bases loaded -- did him in. It's nothing new for Burnett, who has a MLB-most 93 walks allowed this year. His teammates managed to save him from taking his 18th loss, but Burnett's ERA is up to 4.57 with the rough outing. He's got one final start left this year, and that will come Saturday against the Braves.
    Sep 21, 6:31 pm
  • Worley tosses eight scoreless to best Brewers
    Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, in Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Worley was dominant in the start, giving up just four singles without walking a batter in silencing the Brewers' bats. He struck out five in the win. After a rough stretch in the middle of August, Worley has bounced back to win three straight, improving his record to 8-4. Worley has been a tremendous find for the Bucs this season, and he'll take a 2.93 ERA in his final start of the season against the Reds on Friday.
    Sep 21, 1:25 pm
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